NEMO Equipment Joins Grassroots Outdoor Alliance as a Vendor Partner


Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (Grassroots) is pleased to announce that NEMO Equipment has joined our organization as a Vendor Partner.

NEMO was founded in 2002, with the goal of improving the experience of adventure through high-level design and engineering. The first few years were spent learning how to sew and pattern and developing NEMO's AirSupported Technology®. Tents were chosen as NEMO's first product line because the team saw the opportunity to bring significant new innovation to the market and knew that successfully revolutionizing tents would give NEMO the credibility to move into new product lines in the future.

True to that initial vision, NEMO now has a comprehensive line of sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents and accessories. The company has won numerous domestic and international design and media awards and continues to bring innovation to the marketplace, most recently with its award-winning Spoon™ Shape sleeping bags, which make a great night’s sleep in the backcountry possible for side sleepers.

Dan Epstein, co-owner of Champaign Surplus and a retail member of Grassroots was excited to hear about NEMO joining our organization: "We have seen the combination of NEMO's innovative products, customer service and focus on the Outdoor Specialty channel energize our customers and staff", said Dan Epstein, owner of Champaign Surplus. "We are pleased that NEMO has become a Grassroots Vendor Partner and look forward to growing our relationship."

NEMO also shares another common characteristic with the retail members of Grassroots. The company believes in the importance of giving back and has set up a program to take $2 from every prodeal sale and donate to 5 major non-profit organizations.

Brent Merriman, VP of Sales for NEMO Equipment shared his thoughts on becoming a vendor partner with Grassroots: "NEMO Equipment is proud to have been selected as a vendor partner with Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. As a growing specialty brand, NEMO is continually looking to expand its presence with specialty retailers. The Grassroots’ retailers represent some of the best independent, specialty retailers in the country, and we look forward to supporting them." 

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance has 46 members with nearly 100 retail locations across the United States. Grassroots unites independent outdoor retailers as a strong voice to protect and promote the experience of outdoor enthusiasts across the United States. To learn more about Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, visit our website at